Carrot Top Renews Vegas Residency Through Age 65

Posted on: November 27, 2023, 12:48h. 

Last updated on: November 27, 2023, 12:48h.

Carrot Top, the Luxor’s headliner for almost two decades, has signed an extension that will keep him at the resort until 2030. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, this extension guarantees that Scott Thompson, also known as Carrot Top, will maintain his marquee billing status at Luxor’s Atrium until he qualifies for full Social Security benefits.

When his new contract is up, Carrot Top, shown in 2017, will be 65 years old with 34 years of consistent Las Vegas headlining under his belt. (Image: Getty)

“Carrot Top has been entertaining crowds at Luxor since 2005 and we are very excited that Luxor will continue to be his home for many more years,” MGM Resorts’ President of Entertainment & Sports George Kliavkoff said in a press release in 2019, when Thompson reupped his current contract, taking him through 2025.

“Visitors come to Las Vegas from all around the world to let their hair down, escape and have a few laughs. Carrot Top’s show delivers on all of that.”

Though Thompson has been the butt of other comedians’ jokes for decades, due to his unusual appearance and use of props on stage, those jokes are only a fraction as funny as Carrot Top’s actual show. It’s more self-deprecating, off-the-rails, and blue than the image most people have of the 58 year old lookalike for a Wendy’s sign (his joke, not ours).

Who Will Carrot Top?

At the end of his new contract, Thompson will be 65 with a consistent Vegas headlining run of 34 years. (He transferred to the Luxor after headlining since 1996 at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre.)

That streak would place Thompson behind only magician David Copperfield — who headlined at Caesars Palace for 15 years before adding another 23 at the MGM Grand for a virtually unbeatable current total of 38 years.

By the way, when Copperfield switched to the MGM Grand in 2000, he actually replaced Thompson. Or, as Thompson likes to joke, “David Copperfield made me disappear.”

Whether Thompson ranks second or third in longevity among current headliners depends on how long Penn & Teller continue. The comic magicians started at Bally’s, now Horseshoe, in 1993 and then opened the Rio in 2021, for a current total of 30 years and counting. In July, they extended their contract through 2026.

“I don’t feel any different,” Thompson told the R-J. “I still feel young. I still feel energized. I mean, there will be one night I’m sure I’m gonna say, ‘Uh-oh, I’m not moving so well …’”

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